Tuesday, November 28, 2006

That's the Broadway Melody. 

Here's why Broadway is making me happy:

1) Kevin Spacey is coming to town in March for a production of Eugene O'Neill's "Moon for the Misbegotten", currently showing at the Old Vic in London. As some of you know, Spacey's been the artistic director of the Old Vic for several years. I think he mostly decided that Hollywood could go fuck itself, although I guess he'll kick down an appearance in a big film if someone he likes is directing. I will gladly sacrifice a huge part of my entertainment budget to get a good seat.

2) Raul Esparza is back in the revival of Sondheim's Company!! I am dying to see it as I heart him immensely. There is an outstanding article in this past Sunday's New York Times. I don't know how to link articles from their site as you might have to have a login id to access anything. But if you can, check it out.

3) Tony Danza is set to star in the Producers beginning December 19th. On Broadway. As Max. Bialystock. This makes me so happy I could cry. Now, if David Hasselhoff could join in as Roger DeBris, that would make my life complete. For those who do not know, Hasselhoff is currently in a Vegas production of the show in that role. Seeing him in a full length ballgown would alone be worth the price of admission.

If you're into the Broadway geekout, check out Playbill.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

R.I.P. Robert Altman 

(a really cool pic of Altman would be here if blogger actually worked)

One of my absolute favorite filmmakers passed away Monday night at the age of 81. Creator of such timeless films as Nashville, McCabe and Mrs Miller, M.A.S.H., The Player, Short Cuts.....god, the list seems endless. Admittedly I haven't loved all of his films, but the gems still shine incredibly bright.

I loved Altman because he could always do what he wanted to do as an artist no matter how pervasive the major film industry got. He was a rebel, but with an actual cause - that being the filmmaker who provided a striking and truthful view of the human condition.

A few years ago, I attended a special screening of Nashville in San Francisco followed by a live interview with Altman. Nashville is my favorite film of his and I had not seen it on the big screen since I was a child. About halfway through it, the film disintegrated in the projector. It actually looked really cool although a lot of people were upset. But they were able to resume the screening and all was well. It was a beautiful evening.

Man, the last post is also about someone dying. That's depressing.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Unbelievable Truth 

I cannot believe that Adrienne Shelley has died, and in such a horrific way. There's already so much written about it that I don't think I have anything profound to add. Like many others, I found out about her through Hal Hartley films. I've always thought she was special and interesting, especially since most actors in the system are so far from that. She set the standard for so called Indie Queens everywhere.

The above photo has also been used by many who have written about this. But it's just so beautiful that I had to post it here.

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